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Most Guessed Non-Capital Cities

Try to guess the most well-known world cities that are not the capital of their country.
Based on JetPunk stats from this quiz as of 27 June 2020
Quiz by Quizmaster
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Last updated: June 27, 2020
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First submittedJuly 27, 2017
Times taken44,334
Average score65.2%
Rating4.41
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City
96
New York City
93
Los Angeles
90
Shanghai
87
Rio de Janeiro
87
Sydney
86
Chicago
85
Barcelona
85
Mumbai
%
City
84
San Francisco
83
Miami
83
Saint Petersburg
82
Istanbul
81
Dallas
81
Toronto
80
Houston
80
Johannesburg
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City
80
São Paulo
78
Hong Kong
78
Milan
77
Boston
77
Seattle
76
Melbourne
75
Guangzhou
71 Comments
+4
Level 47
Jul 28, 2017
Mombai for Mumbai perhaps? That's the only one I missed.
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Level 59
Jul 18, 2020
And Chicagu for Chicago and Turuntu for Toronto?
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Level 56
Mar 15, 2021
Hey MATE back off Chicagu Illinoiz or I'll wreck you
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Level 49
Jul 9, 2022
HEY YOU BACK OF OFF Chicagu Illinoiz United Statez
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Level 66
May 17, 2023
Maybe Bomboy off the Sonkan coast?
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Level 47
Jul 29, 2017
Great quiz! hard because i like guessing capital cities
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Level 68
Sep 15, 2017
Excellent quiz! Got all but one: Miami.
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Level 51
Sep 15, 2017
Great quiz, but surprised the likes of Lagos, Munich and Dubai weren't there
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Level 90
Sep 15, 2017
Except Munich isn't a correct answer for that quiz.
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Level 69
Sep 15, 2017
How do you mean? Munich isn't exactly the capital of Germany. I was also surprised that Dubai didn't make the list.
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Level 27
Dec 14, 2023
Dubai is the capital of the UAE
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Level 62
Dec 29, 2023
the capital of the UAE is Abu Dhabi ;)
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Level 74
Sep 15, 2017
The quiz isn't named that well. You have to click on the quiz it's referencing to understand that it's really to do with population. Dubai would most certainly be one of the 24 "most well-known world cities that is not the capital of it's country".
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Level ∞
Sep 15, 2017
Except... it's not. At least among JetPunk quiz takers.
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Level 69
Aug 18, 2019
I agree with daveM, the quiz is based on biggest cities. But there are some cities that are more known but less big. Just reading the title of the quiz gives you the wrong idea.

I dont have much doubt that jetpunkers would guess munich before saopaolo, I have come across it much more often than sao Paolo. But even if would bot be the case in this example, the point remains the same

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Level 79
Jul 18, 2020
@DaveM its*
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Level 77
Jul 20, 2020
Nope - he spelled it correctly all right.
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Level 79
Jul 22, 2020
@Yanni47 I'm referring to the third (i.e. final) "it's" in the comment, as in 'not the capital of it's country'.
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Level 45
Jun 29, 2020
i was so suprised not to see lagos and marakech on the quiz but a good quiz its strange to see how many don't know the US capital
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Level 68
Jul 18, 2020
The US capital wouldn't be counted.
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Level 77
Jul 18, 2020
The US capital, by definition, does not count as a non-capital city.
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Level 81
Sep 15, 2022
Marrakesh? You must be joking. How many people would have Marrakesh among their first few answers?
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Level 82
Sep 15, 2017
This was a fun quiz.
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Level 44
Sep 15, 2017
suprised theres no german city like hamburg or munich.
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Level 76
Sep 15, 2017
what about colour coding according to country, to make it somewhat easier?
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Level 58
Sep 15, 2017
How would that make it easier?
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Level 90
Sep 15, 2017
Colors are pretty :)
+2
Level 75
Jan 31, 2018
Because, you know, mauve
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Level 30
Sep 15, 2017
thought it was one per country at first!
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Level 70
Sep 15, 2017
Boston is the capital of Massachusetts.
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Level 63
Sep 15, 2017
But not for the US...the title says NOT the capital for their COUNTRY.
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Level 63
Sep 15, 2017
I have an idea, the most guessed islands.
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Level 75
Dec 2, 2020
Australia
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Level 63
Sep 15, 2017
Argh! I tried Melbourne but not Sydney! Only one I missed!
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Level 67
Sep 15, 2017
Shocked but also proud that Sydney was #3. Suck eggs, Melbourne!
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Level 63
Sep 16, 2017
Forgot about Australia. Completely. Guessed Auckland, but nothing on the giant continent sized nation to the Northwest.
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Level 68
Sep 19, 2017
I tried Auckland but knew in my heart of hearts it would be too obscure to make this quiz :-(
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Level 78
Jun 27, 2020
Queenstown, Dunedin and Hamilton don't work either
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Level 89
Jun 26, 2018
Yeah, without hitting the link, VERY confusing.
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Level 86
Sep 14, 2018
Derp. Would have aced this, except I completely forgot that Canada exists.
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Level 81
Nov 30, 2018
I was struggling until I remembered North America exists!
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Level 79
Feb 7, 2023
I forget about Canada a lot on these quizzes and I have no idea why. Also Texas. My brain just blocks that state out entirely 90% of the time.
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Level 50
Sep 20, 2019
All this time I thought Istanbul was Turkey's capital.

You learn something new everyday.

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Level 56
Apr 17, 2022
Well, it was!
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Level 49
Jan 15, 2020
Vancouver? I would always think it would be just Toronto. Also Manchester? I thought London would be obvious. Oops. Only those 2 I got wrong. Great quiz though!
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Level 53
Mar 17, 2020
It's not wrong guesses for the capitals. The quiz is guessing which cities were guessed most for the cities of the world quiz if you exclude any capital cities
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Level 68
Jan 31, 2020
Can't I put Leningrad for St. Petersburg?
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Level 62
Jun 27, 2020
not anymore lol
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Level 86
Mar 3, 2020
For the life of me I couldn't think of New York City
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Level 75
Jul 18, 2020
I missed it because I thought I had already typed it. I miss too many that way.
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Level 34
May 18, 2020
Can't believe I missed Barcelona.
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Level 95
Jun 27, 2020
Great quiz, but why is Cape Town on this list of 'non-capitals'? It is SA's legislative capital (along with Pretoria = executive, Bloemfontein = judicial).
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Level ∞
Jun 27, 2020
Stupid mistake on my part now fixed.
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Level 28
Jul 18, 2020
Good quiz. I know it's my fault I got it wrong, but could 'guangzou' be accepted? It's hard to spell, and the H is basically silent.
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Level 66
Jul 18, 2020
Not really. In Chinese it's pronounced "Guang-jou" not "Guang-zou"
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Level 79
Jul 18, 2020
What? You missed this chance to try to tell us all that Jerusalem, not Tel Aviv, is the capital of Israel?
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Level 55
Jul 18, 2020
How is Milan more guessed than cities like Hamburg and Manchester?
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Level 77
Jul 20, 2020
Lots of fashionistas here, probably.
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Level 65
Jul 20, 2020
Strange that the difference in percentage between Sydney and Melbourne is so big. I would expect them to be guessed as a pair almost always.
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Level 59
Jul 20, 2020
Whoops. Australia also exists.
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Level 42
Sep 20, 2020
I missed New York....
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Level 43
Dec 7, 2020
surprised to not see some cities like Dubai, Ho chi Minh, Dar es Salaam, Casablanca, Lagos etc.
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Level 58
Dec 9, 2020
So I thought it was only state capitols because I didn't read the description... whoops
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Level 65
Mar 27, 2021
Wuhan?
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Level 68
Jun 23, 2021
Interesting that theres no Munich, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow etc. Some big European cities I thought would have more influence around the world
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Level 60
Jul 2, 2021
If Venice was in that quiz, i think it would be here
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Level 28
May 10, 2022
Great Quiz! Surprised that Dubai is not on the list.
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Level 47
Apr 30, 2023
Wow, there's no DUBAI!
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Level 72
Jul 17, 2023
I didn't try Guangzhou because I didn't think it was that well-known *facepalm*
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Level 17
Apr 6, 2024
Nice idea! But 10 out of 23 citys are from the us? thats sad.

there are so many more countrys to look at!

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Level 56
Apr 28, 2024
Lagos and Dubai were missing